Poker Basics: How to Read the Board and Which Hand Wins
In Texas Hold'em hands are made up of the best five cards from a player's two hole cards, and the five community cards. In Hold'em you can use two, one or none of your whole cards to make a hand. Sometimes your hand will be made up of just the five community cards, known as “playing the board”. When two players have a similar hand, all five cards are used to determine who wins. So if you're holding A-Q on this ace-high board, you have a pair of aces and queen-ten-eight. If you have A-J you're playing a pair of aces and JACK-ten-eight. The same is true when two players have a flush with the same high card. Both players have an ace-high flush but the player with the king of hearts wins since he has higher suited cards. Sometimes it's tricky to see which hand wins. The easiest way to figure it out is to determine exactly what five card-hand each player has. If more than one player shares the exact same hand the pot is split evenly between them. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.